God Don’t Make No Junk

you have been lovingly adorned by the touch of the father

Intricately woven together.Elaborately detailed. Lavishly embellished. Hand-sewn. This is how I was made.

So were you. Every single piece of you was a thought in God’s mind before it was ever on your body. You have been lovingly adorned by the touch of the Father.

To say that we are not beautiful is to tell our Creator that He didn’t do a good job when He made us. Something I tell my kids all the time is this: God don’t make no junk! (And you have to say it with a Madea-esque accent to really make your point.) 😉

It sounds trite and maybe a little bit condescending but, the truth is, You Are Special. Not because of your amazing abilities or your gorgeous long locks or even your dynamite cooking skills. No, you’re special because God is the One who gave you all those gifts. His attention to detail is what makes you so awesome.

I mean, think about it. Every single person on the earth is unique. There are no two people that are exactly alike. Sure, we might share some of the same talents or features with friends or family members but we are undeniably different in how we possess those attributes.

-our lives are an extension of God's creativity.-

Our lives are an extension of God’s creativity. We are the instruments in heaven’s orchestra, the flowers in the garden of Paradise, the gems in the Father’s crown. We are spectacular because we have been made by the un-created yet perfectly creative One.

He came up with the idea of creation on His own. Noone told Him how to do it. He just started speaking life into existence and creating beautiful things everywhere He went. The foundation of who we are is completely original and fundamentally new.

If we could just grasp this then we would never struggle with identity issues ever again. No matter how much anyone tries to be like you, they just CANNOT be you. It’s not even possible because deep inside of you is the God-given knowledge of I’m the only one of me. A copy-cat is just that: a copy. A duplicate poses no threat to the original.

When we are confident in our design, we can live loved and love well. The pressure to be someone else is off. We are each a masterpiece because the Master of every living thing put us together, piece by piece.

10 Creative Quirks About Me

 

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  1. I sing all songs. Pop, rock, disco, country, christian, alternative, funk, folk, and the list goes on and on… It doesn’t matter what’s playing. If it’s playing, I’m singing along with it.
  2. I love to color. I even have a system where I outline the image or drawing first with a darker shade of crayon before filling it in with a lighter color.
  3. I can’t draw from just an image or idea in my head but I can look at a picture and duplicate it by hand almost exactly. I think it’s the details of shapes and angles that I have a hard time remembering.
  4. I bop my head to music and don’t even know I’m doing it. If I’m not bopping then I’m tapping my foot or patting my hand on my knee. It’s seriously a subconscious reaction to any funky beat. I don’t think I could stop even if I wanted to.
  5. Every movie has the potential to be quoted and inserted into my life at the appropriate time. I have entire conversations in movie quotes with my sisters, mom, and husband.
  6. Every cliche, bible verse, commercial slogan, math fact, to-do list, etc…can be sung. And my kids crack up at me for putting music to literally anything in order to remember it.
  7. I have so many thoughts and ideas in my head that if I don’t get them out on paper in the form of a blog post, a poem, a letter, or a song, I think I just might explode.
  8. I am a speed reader. I have been since I was in the 2nd grade. Spelling and grammar are two of my best friends. I have always loved the way words fit together on a page and can transport the reader to a brand new place or time.
  9. I love movies, songs, and books that highlight women as the heroine or leader. Jane Austen, Harriet Tubman, Ella Fitzgerald, Katherine Hepburn, Anne Frank. These are women who stood for something and gave the rest of us an example to follow as we live out lives of strong and graceful womanhood.
  10. Music is timeless.  I can listen to songs from the 70’s and feel such a love for the wordsmiths that crafted the lyrics as well as listen to Mozart and get carried away on the wings of the melody. A true musician appreciates the past, honors the integrity of the present sound, and embraces a hope for what the music of the future might be.